We ask when should kids begin using public restroom alone after girl sexually assaulted

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AURORA, Colo. -- When should a child be allowed to begin using a restroom alone?

It's a question that a lot of viewers were asking after a child was sexually assaulted in a store restroom.

"It’s too dangerous," said one woman.

Another said "check the stall."

Investigators arrested a 20-year-old man for crawling into a stall and assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Centennial on Sunday.

"You know I wish I could say there was a number where its OK," said Dr. Antonia Chiesa of the child protection team at Kempe Foundation in Aurora.

"Really so much depends on the child in terms of their independence. Their confidence. Your confidence in that they are going to feel in that situation and know what to do if something goes awry."

Kids she says need to know when to say no aggressively so they can escape potential danger behind closed doors.

Chiesa said it’s important to keep in mind most kids are abused not by strangers but by someone they know and trust.

The Kempe Foundation offers parents a lot of tips on how to deal with these topics.

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